The Russian phytosanitary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor is removing shipment restrictions for 34 Uzbek companies starting. Earlier in the month, it banned shipments of tomatoes and peppers from Uzbekistan's Qashqadaryo region after the tomato brown rugose fruit virus was detected in the produce.
Previously, it had banned tomato and pepper imports from Uzbekistan's regions of Fergana and Navoi for the same reason.
"The Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance against the guarantees of the State Plant Quarantine Inspection under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan allows shipments of tomatoes to Russia from 34 Uzbek companies starting January 1, 2021," the watchdog said in statement.
Ban on tomatoes from Iran
On the other hand, the Rosselkhoznadzor yesterday announced that it will impose a temporary ban on importing tomatoes from Iran over the discovery of Tobacco mosaic virus in the fruits.
According to middleeastmonitor.com, the organisation stated that it had discussed the matter during negotiations with representatives of the Iranian Ministry of Agriculture, adding that an official notification will soon be delivered to Tehran regarding violations of international and Russian phytosanitary requirements.
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